Mini Research Project Synthesizing Sources Winter 2008
Research Writing (R28)
- Gather and Interpret factual information from multiple sources
- Clearly express a thesis statement
- Organize logically: introduction, body, conclusion
Using Ideas from Research (R41)
- Incorporate ideas from other writers into your work through:
- Direct quotations : use quotation marks and parenthetical citations
- Paraphrases : use in place of a direct quote; ideas stated in your own words; use parenthetical citations
- Summaries : use when condensing a large body of information; ideas stated in your own words: use parenthetical citations
Avoiding Plagiarism (R41)
- Give credit for any ideas or opinions that are not your own.
- Use parenthetical citations
Preparing a Manuscript (R41)
- See page 47 in the anthology.
- Write a Comparison-and-Contrast Essay.
- Read excerpts from two explorers’ firsthand accounts of their ascent of Mount Everest.
- Discuss the characteristics of each climber.
- Explain which you would prefer as a climbing partner.
- from View From the Summit by Sir Edmund Hillary, text pages 28-36.
- “ The Dream Comes True” from The Tiger of the Snows by Tenzig Norgay with James Ramsey Ullman, texr pages 39-44.
- Create a Source Card for each source.
- Use Parenthetical Citations
- Citing Sources: page R42 & R43
- Parenthetical Citations: R42
- Hillary, Sir Edmund. View From the Summit . Prentice Hall Literature: Timeless Voices, Timeless Themes, Platinum Level . Upper Saddle River: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 2005. 30-36.
- A list of sources referred to in your essay
- Listed in alphabetical order, based on the first word in the entry
- Each new entry begins at the margin, with
- subsequent information from that entry tabbed
- The entire Works Cited is double spaced.
- Briefly identify the source from which you’ve taken information
- Refer the reader to an entry on the Works Cited list
- Fall outside of the closing quotation mark but within the final punctuation of the sentence
- “ My boots were frozen solid and I cooked them over the primus stove until they were soft enough for me to pull on” (Hillary 31).
- Hillary = author’s last name
- Create Note Cards for information from the sources that you’ll be using in your essay.
- All information gleaned from the sources must appear on note cards.
- * Information quoted from the text or
- * Information paraphrased from the text or
- * Information summarized from the text
- Read through the source the first time keeping a glossary of unfamiliar vocabulary.
- Read through the source again creating note cards relevant to the task.
Writing the Thesis Sentence
Creating the Outline